The CW Goes Straight to Series With 'Tom Swift'

Tian Richards as Tom Swift in The CW's 'Nancy Drew'
Tian Richards as Tom Swift in The CW's 'Nancy Drew' (Image credit: Colin Bentley/The CW)

Tom Swift has been given a straight-to-series order for the 2021-2022 season. Tian Richards played the character in an episode of Nancy Drew on The CW this past season.

The drama follows the serialized adventures of a Black, gay, billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the disappearance of his father. Swift takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his moneyed lifestyle, while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group intent on stopping him. 

"Tom's missions will require his genius and flair for innovation guided by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe yet-unsolved," according to The CW.  

Tom Swift is co-created by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau and Cameron Johnson, who executive produce with Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Lis Rowinski. 

CBS Studios produces the show in association with Fake Empire. Fake Empire is behind Nancy Drew, Dynasty and Gossip Girl, along with Apple TV Plus project City on Fire.

The Tom Swift character dates back to a series of novels that was hatched in 1910. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.